How to Airbrush a Cake | Cake Decorations

Hi, my name is Amanda Oakleaf. I am owner, head baker, decorator of Amanda
Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts where we do custom cakes of all kinds — wedding
cakes, birthday cakes, sculpted cakes. Anything you can think of we can make it into
a cake. And today I will be talking to you about cake
decorating. Next we’re going to airbrush the cake. We have a fondanted cake that’s white, we’re
going to make a light teal color. So, we have our three airbrush colors, a little
bit of white ‘cos we don’t want it to be too dark, yellow and a light blue. And this is our airbrush gun, it’s hooked
up to a compressor, which we just have sitting on the floor, and this is going to spray the
color onto our cake. Airbrush color mixes like watercolor if you’ve
ever painted with watercolors. The colors look very dark until you spray
them out onto a white surface. So, you can kind of play around with how much
you want, I would start lighter than you think, because it’s easier to go darker and add more
color than to take away color. So just a couple of drops of the blue, a drop
of the yellow, mix it up, and I want to test it on paper to make sure I have the color
that I want. And then on the airbrush gun, some of them
are built differently, on ours this is the chamber where you hold the ink, the sprayer
is on the end and then this is our trigger. When you press down, that’s when it starts
to flow, when you pull it backwards, that’s when it starts to spray at a wider angle;
so it’s a combination of pressing down and pulling back to control your spray. If you have it up front you can draw lines,
if you have it spread out all the way to the back at a wide angle you can airbrush the
whole cake, which is what we’re going to do. So you want to keep it at the same distance
all the way around, you don’t want to get too close or too far away, otherwise your
cake will be splotchy. So we’re going to start on the top, and you
want to keep the cake moving so you don’t get too much color in one spot. So once you have the top covered very evenly,
go ahead and switch to the side, you can start with the corner, and then move to the side. And just keep the same distance away from
the cake the whole time, and keep the cake moving and spinning while you spray. Once you get around you can go ahead and touch
up any spots that you feel are too light, and then I’m just going to do the base a little,
OK. Then we have a darker ring here in the corner
where a lot of the color settles, but we’ll go ahead at the very end and pipe on a trim,
and that is how you airbrush a cake.

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  1. you know she was referring to the 90 degree between the side of the cake and the flat horizontal excess fondant…right???

  2. can you do a tutorial on how to make a gun out of icing? my brother loves call of duty and black ops and all of that stuff so i thought it would be nice if i put one of those on his birthday cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Question..Does the sprayed color fade quickly ? Once spayed, should it be put in a cake box so it doesn't fade from lights…or is it just better to color the fondant and apply it to the cake. Really like the idea of spraying the fondant. My air gun reservoir isn't that large. I would have to mix the colors in a container and fill as needed because chances are I wouldn't be able to match the color again.
    Thanks for the video!

  4. I'm looking for a good air-spray brand to use and something small, what would you recommend? It would help a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love it! I would like to know how many ml we need for covering completely (metallic spray) two cakes with 6"x4"

  6. Hi I tried mixing my gel colour with vodka for air brushing, the problem is it smudging, am I doing some thing wrong?? Sud I use isopropyl alcohol? Is this safe? Thanks!!

  7. Will this also work on buttercream icing? Do you absolutely have to use royal or fondant for this tool to work?

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  9. Great explanation, didn't realize there is a back motion on the air brush to regulate the amount sprayed just thought it was the down button to distribute it. Curious what do you load the air brush with is it just regular food coloring. Can you use a powder instead of a liquid form of food coloring sort of like a powder coating thing vs a regular spray paint for the cake. I was thinking maybe the fine confectionery colored sugar dust could be used as well though not sure?

  10. You probably know this way more then I do. You can mix colors by holding your finger over the nozzle and adding multiple paints in it. It will bubble up a little bit as its mixing. I know this more for watercolors and none food grade materials i would imagine your just using a food coloring . Can you also uses metallic food grade glitter to air brush with hummm neat piece of equipment to uses on fondant and food decorating things. Nice video.

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